State-owned utility firm Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), which offers telecoms services under the Kolbi brand, is to launch its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in mid-2015, El Financiero writes. Kolbi’s network is expected to pass 150,000 homes at launch, although prices will be determined closer to that time, ICE’s head of infrastructure Adolfo Arias was quoted as saying. Elsewhere, CableTica is planning to launch FTTH services on a limited basis, but has no intention of expanding the technology nationwide as its DOCSIS 3.0 network is already capable of providing downlink speeds of up to 100Mbps. Local utility providers are also looking into FTTH technology: Empresa de Servicios Publicos de Heredia (ESPH) has deployed an FTTH network but only offers access directly to corporate customers, whilst Junta Administrativa de Servicios Electricos de Cartago (Jasec) had intended to launch FTTH services in 2014 but was delayed by unspecified ‘technical difficulties.’
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